On Monday afternoon, Jerry Sandusky's son Jeff was charged with sexually assaulting a child in Pennsylvania. The elder Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Penn State. He was famously convicted of sexually abusing children in the school's sexual abuse scandal in 2011.
Investigations into Jeff Sandusky's alleged sexual assault of a child reportedly began in November 2016 when, according to a local news station, a child said they received texts from him asking for naked photographs. There are reports of abuse against Sandusky dating back to 2013.
Court records show that Sandusky was charged with multiple counts related to the alleged assaults, including two counts of attempting to obtain pornographic images from children and six counts of sexual communications with a minor.
Sandusky worked as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, and has reportedly been suspended without pay.
Jeff Sandusky is one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted sons, and was a major supporter of his father during his 2012 trial. In 2014, his brother Matt Sandusky alleged that Jerry Sandusky abused him at home during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Bustle has reached out to Jerry Sandusky's lawyer regarding this allegation. In a 2015 interview with Bleacher Report, Jeff Sandusky said he believed his dad is innocent.
He should not see the outside of a prison cell for the rest of his life if these allegations are true," Matt Sandusky said.
These people need to be stopped. Human beings need to rise up and say, Enough is enough. We want to pretend it's not happening here because Jerry Sandusky was a one-off predator... That's not the reality. We need to take a stance and say our priority is protecting children. And we will do everything we can until that happens.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 children and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. He appealed his conviction in August 2016 due to alleged negligence on the part of his initial legal team in his 2012 trial, and maintains that he is innocent:
Absolutely not. ... That idea was totally foreign to me ... That is disgusting and dirty, and something that I never would have thought of, and something that I never did with anybody.
These most recent allegations against Jeff Sandusky add to the continuing scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky and around allegations and convictions of the sexual assault and abuse of children.